It's the day after the week-long shoot for "The Surrogates" and South Street--the epicenter of Hollywood East which served as the location for a slew of in-production movies including the Kate Hudson flick "Bride Wars"--looks like a post-apocalyptic war zone.
No, I'm not referring to the futuristic set for the sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis. Instead, the aftermath of "The Surrogates" shoot looks like all hell broke loose overnight.
Trash litters the streets. Thousands of cigarette butts were flicked on the sidewalks. One parent, obviously annoyed by the commotion during the filming on Tuesday, July 15 taped up signs on her child's window that read: "Please Do Not Lean/Touch Window! Baby Sleeping!"
My question: Is it worth it?
Sure, it's exciting and all and the economic stimulus it brings to the area sounds good on paper. And, to set the record straight, a cleaning crew spent all day picking up the mess on South Street. But, as someone who had to work in the center of all of the madness, the shoot became a daily ritual of being confronted by the set's production assistants who would stop me in my path as I tried to leave my office for lunch. Other people who live and work on South Street had similar horror stories when members of the film crew literally blocked them from getting to their car to leave for the day.
When reports surfaced that a Roslindale man expressed disdain over the filming of Mel Gibson's next movie, "Edge of Darkness," near his home on Bradfield Street, I nodded my head in silent agreement.
More movie shoots in Boston? I think I'll wait until they come out on DVD.